Saraland Standout Ryan Williams Reclassifies to 2024 Class

Saraland, AL – The top prep prospect from the 2025 recruiting class, Saraland’s Ryan Williams, confirmed speculation on Monday by declaring his decision to graduate high school early and move up into the 2024 signing class. Williams, the reigning Alabama Mr. Football, has been a dominant force on the gridiron, recording 30 touchdowns during his junior season for the 6A runner-up Saraland Spartans.

In the Spartans’ recent Class 6A championship showdown against Clay-Chalkville, the five star receiver shined, scoring four touchdowns. He has consistently been considered the premier player in Alabama’s 2025 recruiting class.

Williams also revealed that he will participate in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game slated for January 3rd.

He plans to officially sign on his birthday, February 9th, and wrap up his high school career in May. While Auburn coaches Philip Montgomery, Marcus Davis, and Zac Etheridge were present at the Saraland High press conference, Williams reaffirmed his commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-1, 165 lb. dynamo put on a show at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the 2023 Super 7 Championships, snagging 11 receptions for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns, he added scores on a 2-yard rushing dash and an electrifying 86-yard kickoff return. His junior year highlights include 72 receptions, 1,324 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns, complemented by 261 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns, and a touchdown pass.

In his sophomore year leading Saraland to the 6A state title, Williams caught 88 passes for 1,641 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed 57 times for 700 yards and 15 touchdowns, threw a touchdown pass, and made two punt returns for touchdowns.

Williams runs the ball during Saraland’s Super 7 matchup against Clay-Chalkville at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Brant Berry | PrepsNet)

With his stellar performance in 2023, he is in contention to become the first ever two-time recipient of the esteemed Mr. Football award in Alabama.

Williams, a multi-sport talent, boasts an impressive record not only in football but also in track and field events and basketball. His athletic prowess was evident in Spring 2023 when he recorded multiple sub-11.00 100-meter and sub-22.00 200-meter times, including a lightning-fast 10.49 100 and 21.28 200. Not stopping there, he posted a 47.54 400 and high-jumped an astonishing 6-8. Going back to his freshman year, he qualified for the Alabama 6A state championships in both the 100 and 200-meter events, securing fourth place in state in the 200 meters. His sprinting capabilities were on full display in Spring 2022 when he posted 100-meter times of 10.72, 10.73, and 10.86 and 200-meter times of 21.87, 21.96, and 21.99.

In the 2023 season, Williams was the linchpin of the Saraland Spartans on the football field. He hauled in 72 receptions for 1,324 yards while carrying the ball 30 times for 261 yards. In addition, he returned a punt and kickoff for a score. 

In his sophomore campaign, Williams receive the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year award. He made state history by becoming the first sophomore ever to be named Mr. Football by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was also recognized as the 6A Back of the Year.

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